Dans le Loup: the cost sharing of the NRD flowmeter enters the last year
The Bas Loup Natural Resources District (LLNRD) is once again proposing a cost-sharing program for flowmeters. This is the last year of the program.
LLNRD combines environmental trust funds with district matching funds to purchase flow meters to accurately record water use. The NRD received $ 25,000 last year from the Nebraska Environmental Trust for the “Integrated Management Data Acquisition Program”.
Flow meters are a management tool that can help growers deliver the right amount of water at the right time to their growing crops. As the price of inputs like fertilizer continues to rise, it’s important to remember that overwatering can drag these essential nutrients beyond the active root zone.
In areas where the nitrate from fertilizers has already reached the water table, irrigators can use pumping figures to find out how much nitrogen credit they can capitalize on each time they apply water, thereby reducing the amount. of nitrate which must be applied to the current crop and ultimately save money.
The Nebraska Legislature established the Nebraska Environmental Trust in 1992, providing more than $ 349 million in grants to more than 2,400 projects in the state.
For more information on cost-shared assistance, contact Jason Moudry, Water Programs Specialist at LLNRD, (308) 728-3221.